WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have introduced a bill to reclassify the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage as an act of terror and provide more benefits for victims and their kin.
The Texans on Thursday introduced the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act.
A military jury last month sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the attack at the Central Texas post that left 13 people dead and 30 hurt. Victims and relatives have complained that the U.S. government wrongly categorized the attacks as workplace violence.
The bill offered Thursday would provide life insurance, tax breaks for death in a combat zone and other combat-related pay.
Hasan following the trial became an inmate at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., home to the military death row.
Before Hasan can be executed, an automatic appeals process is required by the military. The first appeal will be to the U.S. Army Criminal Court of Appeals and second to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Military appeals typically last years to decades.
The military hasn't executed an active duty U.S. soldier since 1961.
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Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.